National Biz Briefs

Contraband seized

Kathmandu, Feb 12: Police seized smuggled goods worth Rs 200,000 from Biratnagar sub-metropolis-22. A customs security team of Armed Police Force seized mustard seed and other items, said police. The goods that were smuggled in to evade

taxes have been handed over to

the customs office, Armed Police Force said.

Phone links

DHUNCHE: Nepal Telecom (NT), Rasuwa branch, has distributed over 8,000 telephone lines in the district as per the government policy to increase access to communication. Chief of NT’s Rasuwa branch Om Prasad Bastola said 4,900 pre-paid mobile phones, 2,750 RUIM cards, 184 landline phones, 376 CDMA phones and two post-paid mobile phones were distributed in the district. There are over 10,000 phone users in the district.

LRO freed

BARDIBAS: Mahottari district’s Land Revenue Office chief Laldev Raya was freed on Thursday evening, four days after his abduction. The abductors released Raya at Bhittamod, a border town near the Nepal-India border. Raya was abducted by an unidentified gang near Parsa bridge on Bhitthamod-Janakpur road section last Monday. Reportedly, the abductors released Raya after taking ransom from his family. Raya’s family declined to comment.

Special classes off

KAPILVASTU: Special classes, being run to encourage handicapped children, have been discontinued after schools offering the classes refused to provide services including lodging and food to students citing financial crunch. Around 12 schools were providing special classes to physically challenged children in Kapilvastu district. The District Education Office was giving the schools Rs 1,000 per student 10 months a year. Principals of higher secondary schools complained that the money was not enough to manage the children’s education and other services.